portative organ


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portative organ

n
(Instruments) music a small portable organ with arm-operated bellows popular in medieval times
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But then just as quickly the eye is drawn downward, directed by the upside-down portative organ slipping from Cecilia's hand toward the ground that is already cluttered with abandoned musical instruments: a viola da gamba with missing strings and its bow lying across the da gamba's broken belly; three recorders; two tambourines; two small drums--one with its skin pierced--and their drumsticks; a triangle and a pair of cymbals.
First United Methodist Church - The Eugene chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents "Introduction to the King of Instruments," an informal concert for all ages that includes a demonstration of how pipe organs work and a comparison of the large Hochhalter organ and the Petty portative organ.
An accordion plays like a portative organ continuo, hocket-ing wind instruments evoke period vocalisations, and contrasts of effect bring continual surprises.